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9–10 June 2018

9–10 June 2018

Women in Horticulture - a Panel Discussion

Thursday 7th June 2018, 6-8.30pm

At Coutts, 440 Strand, WC2R 0QS

Event Details

This year, Open Garden Squares Weekend, London’s most popular garden-visiting weekend, celebrates the ‘Year of the Woman' and 21 years of opening London gardens for public enjoyment with a Women in Horticulture panel discussion on Thursday 7 June in partnership with Coutts.

Seven leading women from the horticulture profession will explore the role of women as the creators, carers and champions of gardens in every shape and form.  They will discuss how each of them was called to horticulture and the evolution of their careers since. They will talk about their inspirations and heroines and share some of the challenges they’ve faced working in the profession so far:

  • What does it take to design a show garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show?
  • How easy is it to become a head gardener?
  • Are there enough women in prominent roles, running their own businesses and winning awards?
  • Do women make better gardeners?

Tickets cost £25 per person.


Women in Horticulture

The Panel
  • Sarah Eberle - the only woman to ever win ‘Best in Show’ at RHS Chelsea
  • Clare Foggett - Editor, the English Garden magazine, and current Chairman of the UK’s Garden Media Guild, the professional body representing gardening writers, journalists and photographers
  • Charlotte Harris - won gold at RHS Chelsea in 2017, and worked on her garden with an all female design team
  • Dr Catherine Horwood - author of ‘Gardening Women: their stories from 1600 to present’ and set up gardeningwomen.com
  • Kate Jenrick - head gardener at Middle Temple
  • Charlotte Rowe - won gold at RHS Chelsea in 2014
  • Juliet Sargeant - made history as the first black woman to exhibit at RHS Chelsea in 2016, and subsequently won a Gold Medal